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The Mistress Contract (Paperback, New): Abi Morgan The Mistress Contract (Paperback, New)
Abi Morgan
R227 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R52 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Inspired by the memoir "The Mistress Contract" by She and He
For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides 'mistress services' - 'All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.'
They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She - a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement - asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then -- on a small recorder that fit in her purse -- this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed.
Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, "The Mistress Contract" is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.
Abi Morgan's plays have been widely performed at theatres across the country, including Donmar Warehouse, Traverse Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. Her critically acclaimed drama "My Fragile Heart" was recently screened on ITV. Her plays published by Oberon include "Splendour," "Tiny Dynamite," "27" and "Lovesong." Morgan was the scriptwriter for BBC prime-time drama "The Hour" and was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay for her Margaret Thatcher biopic, "The Iron Lady."

Eclipsed (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Patricia Burke Brogan Eclipsed (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Patricia Burke Brogan
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Eclipsed tells the poignant and sometimes humourous story of the penitent women consigned to Magdalene laundries in the 1960's and one nun's attempts to ease their plight.

Strangers in Between (Paperback): Tommy Murphy Strangers in Between (Paperback)
Tommy Murphy
R226 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R62 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Tommy Murphy's critically acclaimed drama of friendship, sex and escapism follows the story of sixteen-year-old Shane as he leaves his home in rural Australia for downtown Sydney. UK premiere at the King's Head, London, in June 2016.

Six Degrees of Separation (Paperback): John Guare Six Degrees of Separation (Paperback)
John Guare
R202 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R27 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Play (Paperback): Glyn Robbins, C. S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Play (Paperback)
Glyn Robbins, C. S. Lewis
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Audition Monologues for Young Women #2 - More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses (Paperback): Gerald Lee Ratliff Audition Monologues for Young Women #2 - More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses (Paperback)
Gerald Lee Ratliff
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A collection of the world's best monologues for women actors featuring well-known playwrights and emerging new writers.

Cinderella (Paperback): Matt Beames Cinderella (Paperback)
Matt Beames
R225 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R44 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cinderella, A new play by Matt Beames with Lyrics by Kayleigh Benham. Published to coincide with #404 Production in The Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park Winter 2018. A witty updating of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. As the feast of Midwinter approaches, the King wishes to find a suitable partner for his eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Arren. He decrees a Midwinter Ball and all across the land his excited people prepare for the big celebration. But in a small shoe shop close to the palace, one young woman sits at her workbench, carefully making shoe after shoe after shoe... Poor Cinderella has so much work to do, she can't hope to go to the Ball, however much she might wish to... but sometimes dreams really do come true!

Sweat (TCG Edition) (Paperback): Lynn Nottage Sweat (TCG Edition) (Paperback)
Lynn Nottage
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Run the Beast Down (Paperback): Titas Halder Run the Beast Down (Paperback)
Titas Halder
R226 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R52 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Charlie has stopped sleeping. His neighbour's cat has been dismembered. And worse, he's being haunted by an urban fox. In a haze of neon-soaked insomnia, lines blur between reality and fantasy. What are they up to? Whatever it is, it's big. The mystery twists its way towards a dead rabbit, a city in flames and a Kendal mint cake-fueled murderous showdown.

I'll Eat You Last - A Chat with Sue Mengers (Paperback, New): John Logan I'll Eat You Last - A Chat with Sue Mengers (Paperback, New)
John Logan
R224 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R52 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"1981. Hollywood. Sue Mengers, the first female 'superagent'at a time when women talent agents of any kind are almost unheard of, invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, secrets, and all the inside showbiz stories that only Sue could tell - Back in the 1970s, Sue Mengers represented almost every major star in Hollywood; her clients were the talk of the town and her glamorous dinner parties were legendary. But by 1981 the glory days were fading. Her time was passing as a sleek and corporate New Hollywood began to emerge. The phone's not ringing so much these days and Sue is forced to face the inevitable truth: the credits roll sooner than you think."

Dr Faustus: the A- and B- Texts (1604, 1616) - A Parallel-Text Edition (Paperback, A Parallel-Text Edition): David Bevington,... Dr Faustus: the A- and B- Texts (1604, 1616) - A Parallel-Text Edition (Paperback, A Parallel-Text Edition)
David Bevington, Eric Rasmussen
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Dr. Faustus is one of the jewels of early modern English drama, and is still widely performed today. Interestingly, the play has come down to the contemporary audience in two distinct versions that have become known as the 'A' and the 'B' texts. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, who edited the original Revels edition over twenty years ago (and are two of the most eminent editors currently working), have hit upon the fascinating idea of presenting both texts on facing pages. This allows readers to compare the two 'versions', the 'A' text which is the one closest to Marlowe, and the longer 'B' text with additions by Samuel Rowley; in this unique edition, the reader is made aware of the changing tastes of audiences, the stage history of the play, and of just how intricate 'editing' a play can be. With a concise and illuminating introduction, and relevant notes and images, this Revels Student Edition of the 'A' and 'B' texts of Dr. Faustus will prove to be an enthralling document, and an excellent edition for student and theatre-goer alike. -- .

Die Rauber (German, Paperback): Friedrich Von Schiller Die Rauber (German, Paperback)
Friedrich Von Schiller
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Oedipus Rex (Paperback, Unabridged edition): Sophocles Oedipus Rex (Paperback, Unabridged edition)
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One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.

Teechers (Paperback): John Godber Teechers (Paperback)
John Godber
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Fast-moving and highly entertaining, Teechers evokes life at a modern school. Using the format of an end-of-term play, the new drama teacher's progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, synical colleagues and obstructive caretakers is reviewed. Disillutioned, he departs for a safer private school.

The Last Cigarette (Paperback, Main): Simon Gray, Hugh Whitemore The Last Cigarette (Paperback, Main)
Simon Gray, Hugh Whitemore
R226 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R57 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Notable for his uncompromising honesty and a wit both fierce and fearless, Simon Gray's voice was uniquely his own - intelligent, probing and often outrageously funny. He faced life - and death - with unflinching courage and defiant humanity; even when writing about his own mortality, he lost none of his prodigious talent to entertain. Warm, candid and with a double dose of dark humour, this dramatisation of Gray's The Smoking Diaries and other memoirs was completed just before his death last summer. The Last Cigarette premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hampton Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hampton
R226 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R43 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The scandalous reputation of Laclos's novel, first published in 1782, is based on its chilling portrayal of the mannered decadence and sexual cynicism of the French aristocracy in the last years of the ancien regime. Christopher Hampton has made a masterful adaptation for the stage of the conspiracy to corrupt a young girl barely out of her convent. Les liaisons dangereuses was premiered by Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 24 September 1985, and won Christopher Hampton the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986.

Langbourne's Evolution (Paperback, Evolution ed.): Alan P Landau Langbourne's Evolution (Paperback, Evolution ed.)
Alan P Landau
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If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Paperback): Nick Payne If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Paperback)
Nick Payne
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Fifteen-year-old Anna is bullied by her classmates for being overweight. Her mother, Fiona, decides to transfer her to the school where she teaches, but that only makes things worse. Anna's father, George, is no help--he's too obsessed with saving the world. Just as Anna gets suspended for head-butting one of her tormenters, her uncle Terry arrives for an unannounced visit. A heartbroken, filthy-mouthed slacker, Terry reaches out to Anna in a way that no one ever has. Their unexpected friendship sends her parents' rocky marriage into a tailspin as the whole family wonders what--or who--really needs saving.
Nick Payne's "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" is a brilliantly sad, humorous, and empathetic look at a family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is and doing something about it.

Tshepang (Paperback, New edition): Lara Foot-Newton Tshepang (Paperback, New edition)
Lara Foot-Newton
R132 R105 Discovery Miles 1 050 Save R27 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

In 2001 South Africa was devestated by the news of a brutal rape of a nine-month-old child who came to be known as baby Tshepang. Once the story of baby Tshepang hit the headlines, the scab was torn off a festering wound. Weaving together 'twenty thousand stories' (the number of reported child rapes in South Africa each year), Tshepang is a play about love, forgiveness and the difficulties of coming to terms with a violation of this magnitude.

Bang Out of Order! (Paperback): Johnny Carrington, Danny Sturrock Bang Out of Order! (Paperback)
Johnny Carrington, Danny Sturrock
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A new play that tackles anti-social behaviour head on. Set on an urban estate in the UK, newcomer Ollie has a history of anti-social behaviour and is attempting to reform. His family are forced to move away in an attempt to make a fresh start...but once he is accepted into the local group of youths, things start to go wrong again. The play is utilising a mixture of comedy, dance, music and multi-media, to appeal to its audience, while tackling the serious issues behind anti-social behaviour.

The Thrill (Paperback): Judith Thompson The Thrill (Paperback)
Judith Thompson
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Oxford Student Texts: An Ideal Husband (Paperback): Jackie Moore Oxford Student Texts: An Ideal Husband (Paperback)
Jackie Moore; Series edited by Steven Croft
R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.

Returning to Haifa (Paperback, Main): Naomi Wallace Returning to Haifa (Paperback, Main)
Naomi Wallace
R226 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R58 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

You haven't asked, but yes, you both may stay in our house for the time being. And use our things. I figure it'll take a war to settle it all. A compelling story of two families - one Palestinian, one Israeli - forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose. In 1948, Palestinian couple Said and Safiyya fled their home during the Nakba. Now, in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the borders are open for the first time in twenty years, and they dare to return to their home in Haifa. They are ready to find someone else living where they once did, but nothing can prepare them for the encounter they both desire and dread with the son they had to leave behind. Ghassan Kanafani's classic novella Returning to Haifa has been adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi. The play premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London, in February 2018 to coincide with the seventieth anniversaries of both the Nakba or 'catastrophe' - the mass dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948 - and the foundation of the State of Israel. '[Returning to Haifa] offers a moving confrontation between two sets of displaced people and an utterly unsentimental exploration of the complexities of home, history and parenthood... its call for reciprocal awareness and acknowledgement of past injustice seems more necessary than ever.' Guardian '...As quietly shattering as it is gently complex.' WhatsOnStage 'The adaptation demonstrates the control power and pain exert over individual lives.' Upcoming 'An electrifying eighty minutes of theatre...The beauty of the writing lies in the amalgam of the political and the personal; the connection between individual and global struggles.' Spy In The Stalls 'Kanafani's parable of this contested land is even-handed enough to explore the agony of both the exiled Palestinian couple and the Jewish widow...and to empathize with all of them.' Jewish Renaissance 'Returning to Haifa is a beautiful and important play portraying the personal tragedies created because of much bigger acts between humans.' Exeunt Magazine

Anita & Me (Paperback): Meera Syal Anita & Me (Paperback)
Meera Syal; Adapted by Tanika Gupta
R230 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R51 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena's world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures. Anita and Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta.

Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays - A new verse translation, with introduction and notes (Paperback): Aristophanes Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays - A new verse translation, with introduction and notes (Paperback)
Aristophanes; Edited by Stephen Halliwell
R213 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R48 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter. This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.

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